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Paul Basile commented on Mervyn Dinnen's blog post 'Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills'
"Denial of facts - and I mean studied, professionally assessed facts not anecdotes - may be comforting but not productive. Attitude is more important because IT IS - because the results overall (not in every single case) verify that. And it's…"
Jan 22, 2011
Martin H.Snyder commented on Mervyn Dinnen's blog post 'Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills'
"  A mind-numbing thread on the subject on ERE comes down firmly on the side of validated job profies and assessments.  I say humbug to testing individuals (for leadership and creative jobs) because the group dynamics can overwhelm any…"
Jan 21, 2011
Jerry Albright commented on Mervyn Dinnen's blog post 'Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills'
"The original post mentions the skills check box.  (or tick box?)  so why don't we start there?   I don't begin my search with the list HR has generated to get the req. approved.  It's usually a fine list. …"
Jan 21, 2011
Sandra McCartt commented on Mervyn Dinnen's blog post 'Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills'
"Let me say this, in recruiting perhaps more than any other industry i agree 100% that attitude and desire have more to do with success.  Background and experience in recruiting many times dies on the vine next to someone with any kind of sales…"
Jan 18, 2011
Mervyn Dinnen posted a blog post

Past Performance is Relative

A week into my social job hunt and I’m having some interesting conversations.The online community has been awesome, giving me some great exposure and alerting me to opportunities. So far the lack of a physical CV has not hindered me, but I accept that it is early days. I won’t write too much about what is happening so far, except to say that my new style blog has attracted many views and some interest. The ‘Watch Me Being Interviewed’ page has been particularly useful for anyone interested in…See More
Jan 18, 2011
Mervyn Dinnen commented on Mervyn Dinnen's blog post 'Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills'
"A real range of views and opinions here. It seems that most feel that attitude and desire should be a key factor. I do understand that there are some roles where you will want to see some track record but I have to say that…"
Jan 18, 2011
Sandra McCartt commented on Mervyn Dinnen's blog post 'Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills'
"So how does this presentation go?   Hi John, I have a great candidate for your sales position.  He doesn't have any experience in your industry, he wouldn't know a medical device from a toothbrush but, he has a great…"
Jan 18, 2011
Maria Mull left a comment for Mervyn Dinnen
"What kind of work you looking for?  Maybe I can help."
Jan 18, 2011
Maria Mull and Mervyn Dinnen are now friends
Jan 18, 2011
Mervyn Dinnen commented on Mervyn Dinnen's blog post 'Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills'
"Thanks guys, overwhelmed with the response and the debate. I will add my own views later...those who follow me through other social media platforms will know that I'm currently on my own job hunt and and this is (thankfully) quite busy at the…"
Jan 18, 2011
Mervyn Dinnen commented on Mervyn Dinnen's blog post 'Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills'
"Your comment is still here Maria...not sure which post you are referring to"
Jan 18, 2011
Maria Mull commented on Mervyn Dinnen's blog post 'Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills'
"I find it interesting my post was removed"
Jan 17, 2011
Maria Mull commented on Mervyn Dinnen's blog post 'Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills'
"Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills ....this is an interesting concept.  I agree and disagree to your blanket statement.  To demonstrate my point of view consider this..... I can have the best ATTITUDE in the world and may…"
Jan 17, 2011
Paul Basile commented on Mervyn Dinnen's blog post 'Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills'
"Ilona, Actually, past performance is NOT the best predictor of future performance and the research shows that.  It's not the worst predictor either but, overall, it's not a great predictor.  Reliable evidence can be gained from…"
Jan 17, 2011
Ilona Jerabek commented on Mervyn Dinnen's blog post 'Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills'
"According to research, past performance IS, indeed, the best predictor of future performance.  However, 1) having done a task before doesn't say anything about the performance (you have many programmers who have programmed in specific…"
Jan 17, 2011
Mike Grennier commented on Mervyn Dinnen's blog post 'Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills'
"Hiring people into a company is a long-term commitment.  The "technical skills" will change. Their attitude?  Not over the long time.  Great article...."
Jan 17, 2011

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Mervyn Dinnen
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Recruiter
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Courtenay HR
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More than 15 years
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Past Performance is Relative

Posted on January 18, 2011 at 6:14pm 0 Comments

A week into my social job hunt and I’m having some interesting conversations.

The online community has been awesome, giving me some great exposure and alerting me to opportunities. So far the lack of a physical CV has not hindered me, but I accept that it is early days. I won’t write too much about what is happening so far, except to say that my new style blog has attracted many views and some interest. The ‘Watch Me Being Interviewed’ page has been particularly useful for anyone…

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Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills

Posted on January 13, 2011 at 6:55pm 26 Comments

It’s not a new saying, but whenever it’s used now everyone instantly agrees, it should be a resourcing mantra, particularly in tougher times.

As recruiters we spend most of our time looking for people with a skillset, with a historical CV that ticks the boxes that clients want.

It’s changing.

Job description tick lists are no good, because you will rarely find the people who tick every box, and if you do there is no guarantee that they will succeed.

Past…

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The Need for Speed

Posted on August 24, 2010 at 5:37pm 4 Comments

‘I feel the need…the need for speed’ (Tom Cruise, Top Gun 1986)



Whatever artistic merits ‘Top Gun’ may possess, there is little doubt that it remains an iconic 80s movie, with a number of quotable lines, not least the one above. With the ‘greed is good’ business decade well and truly in full swing by 1986 there was little doubt that speed was intoxicating. Everything needed to go faster, to happen quicker, from the time it took your car to accelerate to the length of wait for… Continue

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At 9:39am on January 18, 2011, Maria Mull said…
What kind of work you looking for?  Maybe I can help.
At 10:53am on February 22, 2010, Slouch said…
Great to meet you last week. I really enjoyed the time we spent together. Thanks for that and I look forward to all the great work we are going to do.
 
 
 

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